• Colorado's most controversial marijuana-related bill gets test Thursday

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's most controversial marijuana-related bill of the year is up for its first test in the Senate Thursday. A measure to crack down on medical pot users faces a hearing. The bill would increase oversight on doctors who recommend marijuana for severe pain, the most...

  • Red-light camera ban passes 1st test in Colorado

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DENVER — A ban on red-light cameras and speed-van enforcement passed its first test Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. But a long afternoon of testimony showed the topic is as divisive as ever. In Colorado, 12 cities use the traffic-enforcement cameras. State lawmakers have...

  • Colorado lawmakers consider stricter snow-tire requirements

    By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are considering requiring snow tires or chains on noncommercial vehicles at all times during winter and spring months. The bill goes to the core of what's a maddening experience for skiers and other travelers to the mountain resorts who get stuck in...

  • Colorado House rejects drill-limit penalties

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DENVER — Democrats in the Colorado House have rejected a proposal to penalize communities that ban the drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The vote Wednesday comes as the GOP Senate voted recently in favor of a similar proposal. The votes show that Republicans...

  • Colorado Springs council, mayoral candidates stress need to end strife

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    "Collaboration," "cooperation" and "leadership" were the catchphrases Tuesday night as at-large Colorado Springs City Council and mayoral candidates spoke at the Organization of Westside Neighbors forum. Eleven of the 13 at-large candidates attended; Vickie Tonkins and Vanessa Bowie...

  • Oil-gas panel suggests consulting role for local government

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    DENVER — A state task force will recommend that local governments be given a consulting role on some decisions about the location of large oil and gas facilities. But the panel decided against recommending that cities and counties be allowed to enforce their own rules on the...

  • Colorado fracking opponents plan drive to put ban on ballot

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    DENVER — Activists said Tuesday they would try to put a measure on the 2016 ballot to ban hydraulic fracturing in Colorado, just as a task force was trying to finish up recommendations that were supposed to help settle disputes over oil and gas development. The newly formed...

  • Colorado Democrats setting up fight over immigrant licenses

    The Associated Press
    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado Democrats added funding Tuesday for a program that lets immigrant drivers get a license regardless of their legal status, setting the stage for a fight with Republican lawmakers who dislike the policy. The law passed in 2013 when Democrats controlled both statehouse...

  • Temporary powdered-alcohol ban advances in Colorado Senate

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    DENVER — Grappling with how to regulate powdered alcohol, Colorado lawmakers advanced legislation Tuesday to put the sale of the product on hold before it's in stores. While the product called Palcohol awaits federal approval, legislators, law enforcement and the service industry...

  • Government drone limits face rocky future in Colorado

    The Associated Press
    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    DENVER — A proposal to limit drone surveillance by law enforcement in Colorado appears headed for defeat after a raft of government officials lined up to oppose it Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee took hours of testimony from opponents of the bill, including representatives...

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